Dr. Tyrel Ward
Your Preferred Twin Falls Chiropractor
Life is too short to live in pain.
Chiropractic care can be the solution to many common body ailments such as sciatica pain, back pain, neck pain, migraines, headaches, joint pain, arthritis, and pinched nerves. Don't spend another minute wishing you felt better. There are people out there ready to give you the care you deserve.
Who would think that one nerve could cause such severe pain? Pressure on the sciatic nerve can force even the most resilient person to seek treatment.
Sciatica gets its name from the longest and largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, which is as thick as your pinkie. The sciatic nerve is composed of smaller nerves that join together in the pelvis, after they exit the lower spine. The sciatic nerve then travels down the entire length of each leg, dividing again into smaller nerves as it reaches the knees and the lower legs. Sciatica is defined as pain anywhere along the course of the sciatic nerve. This could be from the lower back down to the hips or buttocks, all the way down into our legs, feet and toes.
We will examine the low back to determine if the pain relates to the spine and/or its surrounding muscles. In-depth history and exam can determine what is the cause of your discomfort and how best to treat it.
Back & Neck Pain
Back pain is one of the most common complaints treated by chiropractors. First we determine the cause of the problem. This usually involves a thorough examination with complete history, physical, and neurological examination with possible imaging studies needed to make a precise diagnosis.
Once a cause is established - whether it is muscular dysfunction, SI joint dysfunction, or herniated or bulging discs - a treatment plan can be made. This may include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, exercises to strengthen muscles, or a variety of other modalities specific for each patient.
Chiropractic care emphasizes healing your back pain naturally.
If you are experiencing back pain, stiffness, numbness, shooting pain, or any lower back discomfort, come in for an evaluation.
Migraines, Headaches, and Neck Pain
Headaches can be agonizing and may severely limit the normal activities in your daily life. Fortunately, many types of headaches can be relieved or eliminated with chiropractic care.
To determine the kind of headache you have, it’s a good idea to keep track of:
- the location of the headache
- the time of day or month it occurs
- how often it appears
- recent sleeping habits and stress levels
- work environment
- vision changes
- something in particular seems to ‘trigger’ it
- what seems to make it feel better or worse
Most headache sufferers can be treated through spinal adjustments, stretches, exercises, and the avoidance of certain trigger foods. We will examine the cervical spine to determine if the pain relates to the spine and/or its surrounding muscles. This examination will determine if you are a chiropractic candidate.
Arthritic joint pain manifests in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, the term tends to be used to describe a number of specific painful conditions as well as a general feeling of malaise or stiffness. Our chiropractic practice can treat joint pain, and set you on the path toward lifetime well-being. We do this in a variety of ways, and utilize all the tools at our disposal.
- Range of Motion Issues: The pain and stiffness of arthritis can be eased with chiropractic care and its complementary therapies, including massage and posture guidance, in addition to diet and nutrition advice. Pain itself can often be lessened through alternating application of heat and cold, rather than by medication.
- Pain Relief: Individuals experience pain in different ways, and specific pain may be hard to describe. Chiropractic manipulation often reduces stress on nerves and muscles, therefore reducing swelling or pain that has been attributed to an arthritic condition. Electrical stimulation and acupuncture have also been proven effective, and a comprehensive approach can bring relief even to those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune system disease.
- Restorative Effects: Dietary and nutritional changes as well as a regular exercise program will benefit both physical well-being and mental health. It is never too late to change habits for the better. Our professional staff will work with you to institute lifestyle changes that assure a better future.
- Reducing Drug Use: Even over-the-counter pain relief can have less-than-desirable effects over the long term, and prescription arthritis medications frequently produce unwanted side effects as well as having a substantial cost.
The word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and is often used in reference to rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions: gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and many more. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a rheumatic disease, affecting about 1 percent of the U.S. population (about 2.1 million people.) Although rheumatoid arthritis often begins in middle age and is more frequent in the older generation, young people and children can also suffer from it. Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints.
By focusing on the root cause of arthritis, chiropractic care helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain associated with arthritis, and may need to be comanaged with your physician for optimal care.
The term “pinched nerve” is commonly used to describe the pain associated with a variety of conditions.
Most of the time, what is called a pinched nerve is actually an irritated, or inflamed nerve where the nerve itself is not actually pinched. There are specific instances when nerves do become ‘pinched’, such as in carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and thoracic outlet syndrome. In each of these cases, injury, spasm or inflammation of the surrounding muscles and connective tissue causes the nerve to become compressed, resulting in pain. For both of these scenarios chiropractic adjustments combined with exercises and stretching can remove or reduce compression to help the muscles relax, which can minimize inflammation and reduce or eliminate the associated pain.
It may be difficult to imagine that a child would need chiropractic care. They rarely complain of chronic pain and their bodies appear to be made of rubber in the way they bounce back from injury. The truth is, children's bodies are under a lot of stress while they are in a state of development and keeping them healthy requires maintenance.
Stress and trauma to the body and spine usually begins with the birthing process. Infant’s spines can easily become misaligned from the intense pressure involved in both natural and Cesarean births. Unfortunately, other than crying, they have no way of communicating their pain and its source, to us. Throughout infancy they may sleep in awkward positions, and occasionally take a tumble. As children, they grow into toddlers who twist and fall while learning to crawl and walk. Luckily, they are very resilient and can take a lot of impact, but it is not uncommon for these injuries to develop into patterns of movement that will restrict joint motion over time.
As kids, they may start to develop bad posture. Sitting in front of a computer or TV can have serious repercussions on the spine. They also start playing contact sports, wearing heavy backpacks (most likely the wrong way), and even sitting in desks, which can all cause issues. As teenagers, they begin to deal with the stress of more daily responsibilities, like becoming part of the work force, increased homework loads, stress of personal relationships, and performing physical labor.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities throughout development for a child's body, and particularly their spine, to become restricted which can affect other aspects of their life and development.
We often combine chiropractic care with massage therapy for faster healing.
Aside from being relaxing, massage therapy is one of the best compliments to chiropractic care. Since muscle is attached to bone, overly tight muscles cause joint restrictions which can lead to pain. Massage therapy helps relax the muscle and decrease muscle tension, allowing adjustments to be made more easily and last longer.
Other benefits of massage therapy include:
- Alleviate low-back pain
- Improve range of motion
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
- Increase joint flexibility
- Improve circulation
- Decrease swelling
- Release endorphins—your body’s natural painkiller
- Relieve migraine pain
We offer a full range of massage therapy including:
- Therapeutic Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
What is a DOT exam?
DOT stands for Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation requires a medical examination to make sure you qualify to drive a commercial vehicle in the state of Idaho. Once you pass, you will receive a copy of the exam and your certification. You should have the certificate with you at all times while driving your company vehicle, and your employer will want to take a copy for their files as well.
Along with a physical exam, the following tests will be performed:
- VISION Check: You will be asked to read a vision chart to assure that you are able to see traffic signs and signals.
- HEARING Check: Please clean your ears before your visit so that Dr. Ward can examine your eardrum.
- BLOOD PRESSURE Check: Your blood pressure must meet federal guidelines.
- URINE Check: You will be asked to urinate in a cup to check levels for blood sugar levels, protein, blood and specific gravity, so make sure you drink plenty of water prior to your exam.